Local Housing Need

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:34 pm on 14th September 2017.

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Photo of Sajid Javid Sajid Javid The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government 12:34 pm, 14th September 2017

I agree with the hon. Gentleman that many people feel trapped in private rented accommodation. The amount of rent they are paying—in London, rents are more than 50% of average earnings after tax—means that many feel unable even to save for a deposit. I therefore hope that he can support today’s announcement because it takes into account affordability in local areas, with an adjustment for areas where more homes need to be built. In the longer term, that will help to improve affordability.